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The Tallest Man Works with What Sticks Best

4/5 Stars The cover of There’s No Leaving Now shows a simple blurred picture of a tree, fitting for an album byKristian Mattson, better known by his stage name The Tallest Man on Earth. The band traditionally shows unassuming — and boring — landscape photography on their album covers.  (It’s also asking for[Read More…]

by June 7, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Spektor’s Album Anything but ‘Cheap’

Spektor’s Album Anything but ‘Cheap’

4/5 Stars Although Regina Spektor is one of the most talented vocalists and writers on the music scene today, she isn’t packing arenas like other artists can. But with the release of her first full-length studio album in three years, “What We Saw From the Cheap Seats,” her raw talent[Read More…]

by May 31, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Staying A Little Too Close to ‘Home’

Staying A Little Too Close to ‘Home’

3/5 stars An artist’s second album is arguably his most important. It offers a fork in the road, an opportunity to expand artistic horizons or burrow deeper into a niche. This is especially true if they enjoy the out-of-the-blue success Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros did with their debut[Read More…]

by May 31, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Gotye’s Got a Hit

5/5 stars In his newest album, Making Mirrors, Gotye (pronounced go-tee-yay) breaks from the more soul-centric endeavors of his previous music, focusing much more heavily on funk and pop sounds. Gotye, whose real name is Wally De Backer, is a Belgian-Australian singer based in Melbourne. AlthoughMaking Mirrors came out a few months ago,[Read More…]

by March 19, 2012 0 comments Uncategorized

Fanfarlo Shines Bright On Second Album

Fanfarlo burst onto the indie music scene with its debut album Reservoir. Its glistening ’80s pop-like sound hooked listeners with songs that were both danceable and introspective. As earnest as a debut album but with the confidence of a sophomore effort, Rooms Filled With Light builds on this sound without straying too far[Read More…]

by March 1, 2012 0 comments The Guide

A Lioness Cut Down in Her Prime

Posthumous albums are a look back at a musician’s career, their achievements and hits, as well as insight to their works in progress, plans for the future and direction as an artist. Following Amy Winehouse’s death from alcohol poisoning in July, her longtime producer and family decided to release a[Read More…]

by December 1, 2011 0 comments The Guide
Artists Put New Spin on the Holidays

Artists Put New Spin on the Holidays

It’s finally December, and that can mean only one thing: It’s time for Christmas music! From now until Dec. 25, these classic tunes will dominate the airwaves, spreading good tidings and cheer to anyone and everyone — whether or not they want it. To meet this incredible demand, musicians from[Read More…]

by December 1, 2011 0 comments The Guide

Drake Takes Care of Business on New Album

Take Care will confuse a lot of Drake enthusiasts because the Young Money pretty boy’s sophomore album transcends the conformity of traditional rap records. Not only does Drake flawlessly blend R and B and rap, he also touches on subject matter that supersedes “money talk.” In the year it has taken him to[Read More…]

by November 17, 2011 0 comments The Guide
Animal Artist Creates a Sonic Panda-monium

Animal Artist Creates a Sonic Panda-monium

For quite some time, fans have hotly anticipated Tomboy, the new release from Panda Bear, a critically acclaimed artist and a co-founder of the successful band, Animal Collective. Highly regarded for his distinctive style, Panda Bear — born Noah Lennox — releases more of what fans love, albeit with a[Read More…]

by April 7, 2011 0 comments The Guide
Gimme More of This Swedish Trio

Gimme More of This Swedish Trio

Now that’s different! That was my reaction to Swedish rock band sensation Peter, Bjorn and John’s sixth album, Gimme Some. One of the reasons Lady Gaga is so popular is because her music, not to mention herself, is so different from what we are used to. Gimme Some is riveting because it is[Read More…]

by March 31, 2011 0 comments The Guide